College Sports The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time  

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A list of the best Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been handed out to the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Some of the greatest players in college football history have won this award. The Heisman Trophy is one of the most coveted awards in all of American sports. Of the tens of thousands of players who compete on Saturdays, many of them want to win this award.

Notre Dame and Ohio State are currently the schools with the most Heisman winners with 7 each. USC is second with 6, though they had 7 prior to Reggie Bush vacating the 2005 Heisman Trophy due to a controversial ruling by the NCAA. Schools, students and alumni take a lot of pride when one of their players winning the Heisman.

The list of collegiate superstars who have won the Heisman is impressive. Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs like Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, USC's Marcus Allen and Texas's Earl Campbell were all recipients of the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State's Archie Griffin is the only two-time Heisman winner. More recently, quarterbacks like Auburn's Cam Newton, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel have won the award.  

College football is one of the most popular sports in America. Second to winning a national championship, nothing riles up a school's fan base like having a player in contention to win the Heisman Trophy.

This is the list of all of the Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Vote or rerank this list based on who you think is the greatest Heisman Trophy winner ever. 
list ordered by

1
737 202
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
707 222
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
525 227
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
476 243
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
398 176
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
349 173
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
376 200
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

8
333 192
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

9
262 228
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

10
253 200
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
327 294
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

12
322 218
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

13
271 235
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
377 318
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
268 254
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

16
399 342
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

17
238 195
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
211 179
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
179 158
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

20
226 180
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

21
197 177
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

22
184 142
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

23
189 191
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
153 151
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

25
206 302
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
164 212
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
80 148
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

28
92 155
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

29
117 138
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

30
125 120
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
121 160
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

32
141 191
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

33
97 152
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

34
90 115
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

35
110 160
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

36
103 144
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

37
93 110
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
173 351
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

39
86 108
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

40
78 109
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
93 137
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
71 136
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
83 126
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
83 138
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
66 108
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
68 100
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
73 106
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback

48
61 93
Nile Kinnick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Halfback

49
73 114
Pat Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

50
51 102
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback